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Old 23rd Aug 2017, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
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Captain Michael Hall (ex-GULF AIR 767)

It is with much sadness that I can advise of the passing of Mike Hall in Malaysia, of natural causes.Mike was an interesting guy, he was only 55.Any contact numbers for his father in UK would be appreciated.RIP old mate.Pete.
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Old 23rd Aug 2017, 23:23   #2 (permalink)
 
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The "Yorkswordsman" Mike? If so, very sad.

Had lost contact, but last I heard he was in Jordan a few years ago.

RIP
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 10:38   #3 (permalink)
 
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Piratepete ; "natural causes" , at the tender age of 55 ? In any case, a very sad start to my day.


Mike was FO in Gulfair until he left, circa, 1998. He befriended me upon my arrival in 1993 where a whole group of us were informal members of the Gulf Hotel Swim/sunbathe club. He moved into the same apartment block, the infamous Sitra Building in Um Al Hasam where we became next floor neighbours.


fantastic comradery ensued both on and off the flight-deck.


His account of how he got his Aztec from some grass airfield in the UK to Bahrain International is a legend to behold. How I regret not securing full book and film rights.


After airline hopping for quite a while, I heard that he had become quite ill and had given up flying. Piratepete refers to Mike as "Captain, in which case, looks like he got back into the profession and made it to the LHS. In itself, quite likely for a determined and focused individual who knew what he wanted and how to get it.


RIP old mentor. You can keep the fortune I spent on your G&T's but I want my Glen Campbell tapes back !
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 18:29   #4 (permalink)
 
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Mike hall

This is really bad news.
I haven't heard from mike for a week or so was getting worried.

Please email me


QUOTE=piratepete;9870623]It is with much sadness that I can advise of the passing of Mike Hall in Malaysia, of natural causes.Mike was an interesting guy, he was only 55.Any contact numbers for his father in UK would be appreciated.RIP old mate.Pete.[/QUOTE]
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 21:10   #5 (permalink)
 
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[I first met Mike at the airport in Jersey when he was ferrying an Piper Aztec out to Bahrain where he was based while working for GulfAir.

I was flying a Golden Eagle in those days and had flown from the U.K. To Islamabad on a ferry flight so I gave Mike some tips for his trip.

We met up a few years later in Milan where I was working for Air EUROPE Italy, Mike had just joined ( I remember he tried to gazump me on a property, the one I still live in 20 years later )

Over the years mike and I have been best of friends working together at Air EUROPE Italy , Air Atlanta Icelandic (Excel U.K. ), And Jordan Aviation. We had great times together at work, in the U.K. And my home in Italy.

Mike flew with me in 2002 when I got my first command on the 767 he was a great pilot and was close to getting his command too. However due to a medical problem earlier he was restricted to right seat for awhile and he missed his turn.

Mike went on to fly with Air Astana Orient Thai where he finally managed to fly as Captain during the Hajj in Jeddah, I was lucky enough to be in Jeddah to see him reach his goal.

Mike continued to have medical issues on and off so had difficulty getting back to the work he loved, his last contract was flying in Malaysia last year, He had just returned there for a new contract when as I learned today he passed away

I'll always remember his warm heart and kindness, Lorena's birthdays will never be the same with out him there.

RIP Mike


QUOTE=Gordomac;9871375]Piratepete ; "natural causes" , at the tender age of 55 ? In any case, a very sad start to my day.


Mike was FO in Gulfair until he left, circa, 1998. He befriended me upon my arrival in 1993 where a whole group of us were informal members of the Gulf Hotel Swim/sunbathe club. He moved into the same apartment block, the infamous Sitra Building in Um Al Hasam where we became next floor neighbours.


fantastic comradery ensued both on and off the flight-deck.


His account of how he got his Aztec from some grass airfield in the UK to Bahrain International is a legend to behold. How I regret not securing full book and film rights.


After airline hopping for quite a while, I heard that he had become quite ill and had given up flying. Piratepete refers to Mike as "Captain, in which case, looks like he got back into the profession and made it to the LHS. In itself, quite likely for a determined and focused individual who knew what he wanted and how to get it.


RIP old mentor. You can keep the fortune I spent on your G&T's but I want my Glen Campbell tapes back ![/QUOTE]
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 21:12   #6 (permalink)
 
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Yes Yorkswordman QUOTE=chimbu warrior;9871005]The "Yorkswordsman" Mike? If so, very sad.

Had lost contact, but last I heard he was in Jordan a few years ago.

RIP[/QUOTE]
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Old 24th Aug 2017, 21:45   #7 (permalink)


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RIP Mike Hall

I met Mike in Thailand and we stick together in Skystar , very sad news indeed ,he left a daughter in England and a son in the land of smiles......good by my friend.
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Old 30th Aug 2017, 17:34   #8 (permalink)
 
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This is really bad news.
I haven't heard from mike for a week or so was getting worried.

Please email me


QUOTE=piratepete;9870623]It is with much sadness that I can advise of the passing of Mike Hall in Malaysia, of natural causes.Mike was an interesting guy, he was only 55.Any contact numbers for his father in UK would be appreciated.RIP old mate.Pete.
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Returning to Ppprune after a long absence.... sadly the first thing I see is the news that my old neighbour in GF has passed away.....I recall a memorable sim we did together, we were both required to fight tooth and nail against a NZ smiling assassin who had previously chopped a good friend of ours on his command assessment...and we thought he was now on the tail of Mikes future command capabilities....finally after eight hours of sim he admitted Mike was OK...however he thought both our attitudes were too aggressively defensive against him...too bloody right!
I recall often falling asleep in my apartment to the sound of Mike playing some brass instrument in the wee hours in his apartment...everyone who met Mike could not fail to like him and I am very surprised to hear he has departed so soon.
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Old 31st Aug 2017, 12:26   #9 (permalink)
 
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Flightleveler : I was GF for a very short time as the NZ rotter you speak of got the better of me. I walked away before thumping him. But, of dearly departed Mike Hall, too brief an encounter but full of fun and friendship. RIP dear fellow.


Gordo tells a lovely story ; Guess we were all in the Sitra Building. But, at sunrise, the heart rendering and very spiritual call to prayer was made from the tiny mosque close to the apartment block. Mike was in Gordo's flat but rushed back to his own abode, got his damned trombone, rushed back, flung open the window and at every call from the mosque, Mike responded with a blast from the trombone ! Gordo reckons they were both very fortunate not to have been executed or, at least, still be doing serious jail time! Legend !
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 00:22   #10 (permalink)
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They were indeed lucky not to get into hot water! An engineer, on night shifts, lived in a GF house that was in a village halfway between Manama and the Dilmun Club. One morning, before going home, he went to the housing department and asked if he could apply for a move as the mosque, calling five times a day, meant he couldn't rest properly before work. Engineer departed Bahrain that night, on a single ticket.
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 10:21   #11 (permalink)
 
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Good Lord! Are you sure he didn't ask for the Mosque to be moved?
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 06:37   #12 (permalink)
 
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RIP Mike

Met Mike in Jordan in 2008, we were both assigned together on my first Hajj contract there flying to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria. One memorable flight after landing in Abuja, Ops called us and advised us to urgently get ourselves to Kano. Of course nothing was arranged for our travel and no more flights were available. Ended up taking an overnight taxi ride from Abuja to Kano! We both kept low profile in the back of that taxi! I sure did enjoy his sense of humour throughout the operation, and that was just in addition to his professional experience which was invaluable. Enjoy the friendly sky buddy, will miss you

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Old 30th Sep 2017, 16:45   #13 (permalink)
 
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I remember those taxi rides too
Mikes scariest story was when he went to Iraq with Juan to try to get some business and make it big time.
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Old 1st Oct 2017, 11:43   #14 (permalink)
 
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Mikes "scariest" ? Gordo & his persistant paranormal stories ! Seems he & mike regularly agreed that if one passed on before the other, they would let the survivor know by doing something, like, moving a glass. Nothing scary.No hiding in the cupboard with a torch under your face ! Well, G & his memsahib were very recently enjoying lunch, fave location, wine produced and poured in advance of the starters. Wifey goes off to the loo. Gordo reaches for his glass, feels the top about to move, lets go and the glass moves, by itself, a full 6 inches, or so.


G does not wish to spoil the garlic bread, just served up and does not inform his wife of the event. Raises his glass, offers a "cheers everyone" (feeling Mike's presence) and before being able to get hold of her glass, it moves, by itself, another distance, across the FLAT table. She watches and simply states; "Whaaaaaaaat?" !


Mike, keeping to the agreement but Gordo reveals that there was a certain tightening of the sphincter ring !
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 07:13   #15 (permalink)
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All alone in Um Al Hasam.

RIP Mike.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 13:33   #16 (permalink)
 
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Memorial service

A memorial service is being arranged for Mike in Ingleton on the 20th November. Iíll post details as I get to know them, just a heads up for anyone wanting to attend.
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Flowers / Messages

Iíve been contacted by some of Mikeís friends who live all over the world and canít make the memorial, so I decided to try to have a floral arrangement made depicting the globe connecting places with colours string where mike had connections. If any one would like to leave a message PM me Iíll print it out and place it with the flowers
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Old 14th Nov 2017, 09:44   #18 (permalink)
 
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Iceman; keeping Mike on top of the "Where Are They Now" forum would have amused him greatly. PM coming your way later today with my brief message . Sadly can't make it to the memorial.
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memorial service will take place on Monday 20th November 2017 at 1330
St Marys Church Ingleton, Main Street, Ingleton, LA6 3HF
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Did Mike spend any time at Airtours? I'm pretty sure I flew with a Mike Hall that had been in the Middle East.
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